Last June, UGS acquired Software Design & Management of Germany for their 3D geometric shape search technology, called geolus SHAPE. UGS renamed it Geolus Search, and made it part of their Open Tools division.
Geolus Search searches by text phrases (such as part numbers and descriptions) and by geometric similarity. UGS notes that problems with text search include:
- inconsistent standards and classifications.
- limited part number conventions.
- native language dependence.
By searching for geometric similarity, Geolus Search can find duplicate parts and substitutes. AberdeenGroup claims that 30-40% of parts are duplicated, or can be substituted with a similar part.
The new release of Geolus Search announced today features:
+ Support for UGS NX, Catia, and Pro/E CAD software.
+ Support for Microsoft SQL Server (in addition to Oracle, MySQL, and DB2).
+ Double the capacity.
+ Geolus Open application programming interface for third-party developers.